Monday, March 19, 2012

St. Patrick's Day!

They really go all out for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago! There are two parades, and they even dye the river green!

Since none of us had even been in Chicago for St. Patrick's Day we decided to go all out!

We all dressed up in our St. Patrick's Day finest. Meg got us all lots and lots of fun accessories from Oriental Trading. The headbands and hats were great for keeping track of everyone in our group in the big crowds! And, more than one news crew covering the river dying took our group's picture!
1. All the girls.

2. And the boys
3. Me and AJ (yep, you see how I made sure I got my ring in there...hehehe!)
4. My Chicago bridesmaid had to work in the morning, but came out to party later!

We decided to start early with a brunch (or ask my dad said, "Kate, at 8am, you call it breakfast."), then head over to see the river dying! The weather was amazing and we didn't have to wear jackets or anything! In fact, we are all a little too hot standing outside!
1. Lots and lots of people lined the river to see it turned green.
2. A bagpipe band marched through the streets while we were waiting.
3. The green dye started to float down the river!
4. Then the whole river was neon green!

After the river dying, we headed back to one of the apartments to regroup and decide what to do next. We wanted to check out the parade, and thanks to Alex's cousin, ended up on a free shuttle bus that was headed there! Except, once we got there, we realized we had lined up on the block past the block where the parade ended (we weren't the only ones, this block was packed!) So after realizing we wouldn't be able to actually see the parade, we gave up and headed over to Mad River, where much drinking and dancing ensued!
1. Watching the band walk by after the parade route ended.
2. Chicago has their own Miller Lite bottles!

And that was our first Chicago St. Patrick's Day! What did you do for St. Patrick's Day? Do you eat special green food, or Irish soda bread? Get all dressed up and go to a party or see a parade?

11 comments: said...

It all looks like so much fun!! That river dyeing is so cool!! Love all the greenery you guys were wearing and yes, I noticed the RING made it into the photo. YAY!! Those Chicago Miller Lite bottles are awesome!!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

love st. patty's day in chicago--sooo much fun. haven't been there in awhile but so many fun memories!!

Becky said...

What fun pictures! Looks like you guys had a great time!!

Schell said...

Sounds like a blast! How fun to watch all of the water turn green :o) Hugs!

MG Atwood said...

that really looked like fun! The green water is so over the top!! You looked cute as can be.

Sue from Oregon said...

Sounds like a great day Katie. A little hard to relate to the sunshine as we are still spitting snow here!

Patrice said...

Looks like a fun time!

Tracy said...

This sounds like an awesome day, even if you didn't get to see the parade.
As for what we did, some house hunting and watching the Walking Dead marathon. We don't celebrate it.

sandee said...

Loving the picture where you can see the green dye flowing down the river, that was cool. Agreeing with your dad, 8am is breakfast, not brunch! lol The St. Pattie's day outfits were very cool, did you make it into the newspapers? waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Whimcees said...


What a fun time you had on St. Patrick's Day! I never knew that they dyed the river green in Chicago! How could I live in the Madison area and not know that! Oh well, now I know! Wishing you some sunshine today!


Barbara Diane

Brooke said...

Looks like you guys had a BLAST!!!! Love all the green ;D

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